James Dennis Carroll, 1 August 1950, New York City, New York, USA. Jim Carroll is a poet and author who became a rock singer in the late 70s. He had a difficult childhood on New Yorks rough streets, but became a proficient basketball player before his teens. He then became exposed to the seedy aspects of city life and began writing down his experiences at the age of 12, describing his initiation to heroin at 13 as well as his encounters with sex and crime. (Those notes were later published as a critically acclaimed book, The Basketball Diaries, in 1978.) Carroll became interested in poetry through reading the works of modern poets such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and had his own first book of poetry, Organic Trains, published when he was 16. He spent three months in jail for heroin possession in 1966, and continued his obsessions with drugs, literature and basketball upon his release.
Having already befriended writer William...